Discover the local nature and culture
If you feel like discovering some cultural highlights and nature sights during your stay in San Vigilio, have a look at our selection of nearby destinations.
Brunico is the beating heart of the Pustertal Valley. Here the Tauferer Ahrntal Valley and the Gadertal Valley meet each other.
This is where fashionable flair meets true South Tyrolean characteristics reflected in architecture, cultural and leisure activities as well as in the mentality of the locals. Easy to spot are Bruneck Castle and Rainkirche Church. If you go through one of the impressive town gates you will find yourself in the midst of a lively town. Small shops next to exclusive boutiques, cafés and enotecas line the long Stadtgasse alley. In 2009 it was named the best small town in Italy to live in.
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Through the year there are a lot of events. In the summer are concerts and you can go shopping in the evening. In the winter you can visit the traditional Christmas Market.
Ciastel de Tor Ladin Museum (in San Martino in Badia/St. Martin in Thurn)
Here, the history of the Ladin ethnic group is impressively exhibited: from archaeology to language and crafts, all the way to the present. Furthermore, the Ladin Museum is located in an impressive castle, whose roots date back to the 13th century.
In 2011, a branch of the museum opened in San Cassiano. It is dedicated to the “Ursus ladinicus”, a cave bear species which lived here 40,000 years ago and whose fossil remains were found in the Conturines Cave at 2,800 meters above sea level.
Opening hours and further information at www.museumladin.it
Fanes-Sennes-Braies/Prags Nature Park House (in San Vigilio/St. Vigil)
If you would like to know more about the flora and fauna in the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2009, then the Nature Park House is the perfect place for you. The modern visitors' center boasts a number of videos and interactive stops during which you can gain fascinating insight into the local nature. It is the best way to start a hike in the Nature Park with all the family.
Opening hours: January–March and May–October, also open on Sundays in July and August
South Tyrolean Folklore Museum (in Teodone/Dietenheim near Brunico/Bruneck)
This museum is known to be one of Europe's most beautiful outdoor museums. On a total surface of approximately 1,000 acres, visitors can admire century-old historical farms and stables, which are inhabited by old, traditional farm animals. At Mair am Hof farm you can see what life of the people of South Tyrol was like centuries ago.
Opening hours and further information at www.volkskundemuseum.it
Messner Mountain Museum
As part of his museum project, Reinhold Messner – the mountaineering legend from South Tyrol – opened two museums in the Brunico area: the MMM RIPA in Brunico and the MMM Corones on the Plan de Corones.
Messner's fifth museum, the MMM RIPA at the Castle of Brunico, towers over the town and revolves around the topic Man & Mountain. RIPA is dedicated to mountain people all over the world, and showcases finds from Reinhold Messner's many expeditions.
The MMM Corones, located on the summit plateau of the Plan de Corones at 2275 meters above sea level, is dedicated to traditional mountaineering, which Reinhold Messner has definitively influenced – and vice versa. Not only are the unique views of the steep walls of the Dolomites and the Alps truly striking, but also the distinctive museum building by Zaha Hadid.
Opening hours and further information at www.messner-mountain-museum.it
On the occasion of the Dolomites being named a UNESCO World Heritage site, a cultural trail in South Tyrol was created, with twelve stops which demonstrate the nature and culture in the Dolomites.
Find out more about the cultural guide to South Tyrol Culturonda Dolomythos.